Sioux Falls Thrive, a cradle to career initiative working to build tomorrow’s workforce, will hold a three-day workshop for community members who want to improve group leadership skills.

Thrive brings cross-sector groups, or “action teams”, together to find ways to remove obstacles to student success. School children spend less than 14% of their time in the classroom. How they spend their non-school hours and how much support they get from their parents have a huge impact on whether they achieve competency in reading and math, graduate high school, and go on to technical training or college.

Action teams take a collective impact approach to resolving complex community issues. The first, a Housing Action Team, kicked off in June. Its mission is to use existing programs and services to improve access to safe, affordable housing.

“With more than 900 area children counted as homeless over the past school year, housing was a logical first effort,” says Evan Nolte, Chair of Thrive’s Board of Directors. “Over time we expect to target as many as a dozen action teams. To be successful, Thrive needs to train a lot of folks in team leadership skills.”

Participants in the “Effective Team Manager” program will learn fundamental group facilitation skills, practice techniques from Thrive’s Tool Box for complex problem solving, and understand how collective impact, Baldrige Performance Excellence, and continuous improvement underpin a community’s efforts to create lasting social change.

The three-day workshop will be held at Augustana University’s Froiland Science Complex, Room 370, August 7th, 8th, and 9th from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The “Effective Team Manager” is open to community volunteers, staff from Sioux Falls Thrive’s partner organizations, and professional consultants. Go to for full registration information.

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